connectVideoOutrage building of law-enforcement after all charges dropped against Smollett
After publicly blasting the decision to drop 16 against warring “Empire” star Jussi Smollett, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is considering suing the actor to recoup some of the money the city wasted on the long-term research, according to reports.
Emanuel wants to recoup close to $150,000, CBS News reported. Against Smollett were dropped after 16 hours of community service and an agreement to the loss of his $10,000, a figure Emanuel said Tuesday, “not even come close to what the city spent in resources” on the case.
Although the exact cost of Smollett research is unknown, 24 detectives were removed from the regular cases, up to 1000 hours, overtime not included to work on the Smollett case. The police also brought dozens of hours of research of the surveillance video of 55 city of pod cams and private cameras. They are also executed 50 search warrants and subpoenas for the telephone, social media and financial documents. During the 23-day study, Chicago was also hit with at least 20 murders and 134 of sexual violence, according to the Chicago Police department crime statistics.
Both Emanuel and Superintendent of Chicago Police Eddie Johnson were furious Tuesday after hearing of the prosecutors had abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett, leaving the high-profile criminal case just five weeks after the allegations were submitted.
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Emanuel, who leaves office in May after two terms, said on Wednesday it was unconscionable for officers of justice to dismiss the case.
Actor Jussi Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his indictment was withdrawn, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago.
“This is actually making a fool of all of us,” he said on ABC’s ‘ Good Morning America.
Emanuel said that he wanted to “get to the bottom of this.”
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“Especially [in] a city that embraced not only him as an actor, but more importantly, the values of being who you are, who you love, what your background is, you have a home here. He took it, turned it around and tried to self promote themselves. And the fact is, he runs around with no sense of remorse, no sense of remorse, and the fact is that the state of the lawyer says he is actually guilty of this deception, and he runs around and said, ” No, I am innocent.’,” Emanuel fumed.
Johnson, the city’s top cop, said on Tuesday that Smollett still owes Chicago an apology.
“If you want to say that you are innocent of the situation, you will take your day in court,” said Johnson. “I would never hide behind a mediated deal in the secret, period.”
Smollett reported on Jan. 29 that he was attacked around 2 a.m. on the way home from a sandwich shop. Smollett said two masked men shouted racist and anti-gay insults, poured bleach on him, beat him and tied a rope around his neck. He claimed that they shouted, “This is a BIG country” — a reference to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Smollett told the police that he saw one of his attackers was white, because he could see that the skin around his eyes.
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The news of such a horrific attack quickly garnered national attention. The Chicago police were taken to task for failure to protect their citizens or to find the assailants behind the brutal beatdown.
Soon though, the tides shifted and researchers accused Smollett of making the whole thing up, because he was not satisfied with his wages on “Empire” and believed that the publicity ginned up the incident would promote his career.
Smollett plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on “Empire” is the Fox tv show that follows a black family as they navigate through the ups and downs of the capture of the history.
Smollett was initially charged with one count of lying to the authorities on Feb. 20. A few days later, a grand jury indicted him on 16 felony counts are the authorities in the eight counts for which he told the officer who responded to the report of the Jan. 29 attack in the centre of Chicago, and eight applies to what he later told a detective about the fact that the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic is beaten by two masked men.
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A week before the alleged attack, Smollett told authorities he received a threatening letter at work. The Chicago police pushed back and accused Smollett of the forging of the letter.
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For his part, Smollett has always maintained his innocence. After the charges were withdrawn Tuesday, he posed with fans outside the courthouse and thanked his friends and family stood by him. He also thanked the state of Illinois “is trying to do what is right.”
“Not for a moment was in vain. I have the be honest and consistent on every level since day one,” he said. “I would not my mother’s son as I was able to create a drop of what I was accused of.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.